What would happen if a planet fell into a star?

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What would happen if a planet fell into a star?
« on: 01/03/2011 00:30:03 »
Chance asked the Naked Scientists:
   
If a planet fell into the Sun, would its mass be added to the Sun, or burned away?

What do you think?
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What would happen if a planet fell into a star?
« Reply #1 on: 01/03/2011 18:23:33 »
How fast would it move relative the sun?
And what mass, and inner temperature?
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What would happen if a planet fell into a star?
« Reply #2 on: 01/03/2011 22:20:10 »
The Earth is only about one millionth the mass of the Sun and would very little effect if it was adsorbed, it might have a short cooling effect in the photosphere but probably less than the common dark spots.
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What would happen if a planet fell into a star?
« Reply #3 on: 05/03/2011 09:36:54 »
I think Earth`s mass is too small that do something major Sun`s mass. Perhaps would be little bigger but it would be something like comparison ant with Jupiter ( I haven`t got better example :))
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